If one were to look at the covers of Dark Souls, Elden Ring and Sekiro, it wouldn’t be all that surprising that some would think that it would be a gruesome game with insane difficulty.
On the other hand, a game like Tunic which has a friendly-furry cover that looks like it came straight out of a new indie developer should most likely be a chill and relaxing game.
The saying “Never judge a book by its cover” has never been more true with Tunic. It might look cute, friendly and all fun but it is actually very mechanically demanding and you will need all the help you can get before jumping into it!
So if you are new to “difficult” games, here are some tips you might want to know before attempting to try out this adorably punishing game!
Be Aware of Your Stamina
Yes. It is exactly like the FromSoftware games and perhaps even more punishing when it comes to Stamina usage.
Almost everything you do will require and deplete your Stamina bar, so you must be super attentive to it.
Do not waste your rolls unnecessarily and only use them when you are confident that they can yield results like escaping into a safer area.
Remember, your stamina also dictates the damage you receive from your enemies, blocking will also use your stamina bar. So you can technically treat your stamina bar as a secondary health bar.
Practice makes perfect, with a couple of tries, you will be able to properly gauge the distance of your rolls and your stamina management will get better so don’t give up if you fail for the first couple of tries—frustrating sure, but once you get the hang of things, it’ll be second nature to you!
Try to Read the Enemies’ Moves
Having good timings and tempo in your gameplay are signs of a good Tunic player. Of course, we don’t expect you to fully master this during your first run, but having an idea of what your opponent might do next is always a handy mindset to have.
We recommend treating every new enemy you encounter for the first time as a trial run. Try not to be fixated on taking the enemy down, take your time and learn its moveset. Look at what moves might truly hinder your plan and work around it accordingly.
Know that Tunic is a single-player game and your enemies are controlled by an AI, so while its movements and damage output can be incredibly overpowered, it is still limited in strategy and approach, hence, you will always have the upper hand when it comes to creativity.
Adapt and condition yourself to different enemies and you’ll do just fine.
Equipment and Items Are Your Friends
This might be true for most video games but with a game as unforgiving as Tunic, you will surely need all the help you can get.
Make sure to always have an ample amount of potion charges so that you can have a get-out-of-jail play whenever you are in a pickle.
Be sure to also collect items lying around as they can be used for upgrades so you might want to make an effort in collecting them. Trust us, it will definitely pay off in the long run.
Look Out for Useful Buildings Around You
Shrines are perhaps one of the most important buildings in Tunic. They are your gateway for upgrades which will help you tremendously as you progress.
For instance, you can upgrade your potion charges here with your collected potion shards using the Shrines. Something similar to Sekiro where you give Emma your accumulated Gourd Seeds to upgrade your Gourd charges.
Also, be sure to look at caverns and caves that might have entry points. They are sometimes easy to miss, so be on the lookout as they can lead to many items and secrets.
Change The Game Settings
We’ve mentioned a lot about Tunic being an excruciatingly difficult game but it did take something out of Hades’ page—you can alter the settings to make the game much easier.
If you look at the settings, there’s actually a “No Fail Mode” which you can enable. In this mode, you can easily breeze through the game if you want.
Remember, there’s no shame in enabling this mode, games are meant to be enjoyed. And if you don’t like to be punished for enjoying something, be our guest and enable the No Fail Mode to experience the game wholly without any stress or worries!
Have our tips and tricks inspired you into wanting to try Tunic for yourself? You can actually purchase this game for your Xbox consoles using our Xbox Live Gift Cards here!